It is a matter of…

From Sunday’s sermon: “It is not a matter of bigger choirs, more comfortable pews or chairs, better stain glass, or recapturing the great preaching of the past. It is not a matter of doing church better, bigger, or in a flashier fashion. It is not a question of championing robes or no robes, hymns or praise music, paper or technology.

It is a matter of embracing humility and a servant’s lifestyle instead of cultural prerogatives and status. It is a matter of leaving judgment up to God and embracing a compelling love and service to all. It is a matter of being willing to listen to those that we want to reach and then daring to rethink the ways we minister so that we can authentically, relationally, and intentionally share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

What is it about “bigger, better, and flashier” that seems so important to us? How does cultural status and position in the community become a goal instead of only vehicles to greater desired ends – witness and service? How does the church move from defender of the status quo to full participant in the Holy Spirit’s transformative new work? What are YOU looking for from the church? What does the church need to hear?